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By Kathleen Krebbs Whitson

There are few issues which are in simple terms American. On that brief record are baseball and the two-year neighborhood collage. invoice Jason Priest possessed ability and acumen for either. the higher a part of his existence used to be spent constructing and defining the junior collage into the excellent group university. His contributions earned him a prestigious position within the annals of upper schooling, yet his character used to be no longer one in every of a stereotypical stodgy educator, neither is the tale of his lifestyles a dry read.

After operating his method via university, Priest performed specialist baseball sooner than serving in Naval Intelligence in the course of international struggle II. His different studies assisted in shaping his management variety, frequently classified as autocratic and infrequently truculent in conservative convictions. a similar relentless force that introduced him feedback additionally introduced him good fortune and compliment. Forthright honesty and risk-taking choice mixed with imaginative and prescient led to many optimistic results.

Priest’s profession in better schooling all started with the two-year collage procedure in California ahead of he was once lured to Texas in 1965 to go the Dallas County Junior collage District. Over the subsequent fifteen years Priest reworked the junior university application into the Dallas County neighborhood university District (DCCCD) and equipped it as much as seven faculties. He played significant roles within the evolution of nursing schooling, the founding of a telecommunications middle for the creation of televised classes, the supply and attractiveness of vocational schooling, and in higher breadth in noncredit classes. After his retirement in 1981, he endured to function Chancellor Emeritus till 2003.

Drawing from information in addition to from a variety of interviews with Priest and his own affiliates, Kathleen Krebbs Whitson provides the lifetime of an immense in Texas schooling and divulges his lasting impression upon the group collage movement.

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Also, the article outlined a good method for developing a credible list of potential candidates. By drawing from junior college specialists from universities, and leaders from state and national junior college associations, a screening committee could be established whose members were well acquainted with top junior college professionals. 23 Following the hiring model set forth in Priest’s article, the board sought the advice of C. C. Colvert of the University of Texas Department of Higher Education, and the one who had conducted the original feasibility study for a junior college in Dallas.

He knew Texas culture by reputation only. He had never lived in any part of the Bible belt before. ” He soon discovered that agnosticism was equated with atheism in the Dallas area. In his mind, agnostic meant he believed in a supreme being and that the universe was far too complicated a creation for there not to be a God over all. His negative experiences with fanaticism and those taking advantage of others in the name of organized religion caused him to disassociate with formal denominations that seemingly gave human characteristics to God.

He took canned turkey to several Filipino leaders who had been incarcerated in a Catholic Church by the Japanese. The prisoners were Filipinos that the Japanese had held in high regard and had not thought of as threatening. This group of national leaders who had been liberated by the Americans included the senior educational officer of the Philippines, Santa Tomas. A Harvard graduate, Tomas was an internationally famous ethnologist. With his permission, Priest was given the freedom to interview people, ship files and materials back to Priest’s address in the United States, and to disseminate a survey.

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